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5th December 2017
Isinglass - A Record Breaking Racehorse

Isinglass - A Record Breaking Racehorse

Our latest blog by Amy Bennett looks back at the record-breaking racehorse Isinglass. In finishing third in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar in early November, Highland Reel earned himself a place in the record books as the highest-earning European trained horse of all time, having banked £6,441,225 for connections. Six horses to have raced in the current …

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28th November 2017
Suny Bay - A Nation's Favourite

Suny Bay - A Nation's Favourite

This weekend, the leading pre-Christmas event in the National Hunt calendar takes place at Newbury Racecourse. The Ladbrokes Trophy Chase, formerly the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, is a handicap chase, run over three and a quarter miles. Run at Cheltenham for the first three years, the race was moved to Newbury Racecourse in 1960 where it has become renowned for producin…

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11th November 2017
Frederick Gretton – ‘Celebrated’ Racehorse Owner and Gambler

Frederick Gretton – ‘Celebrated’ Racehorse Owner and Gambler

Frederick Gretton - 'Celebrated' Racehorse Owner and  Gambler Born in 1839 Frederick Gretton was the younger son of John Gretton of Bass Ratcliffe & Gretton, brewers from Burton upon Trent.   He retained an eighth share in the brewery. He is described by contemporary sources as a 'celebrated' racehorse owner and gambler, kindly and well-meaning but obstinate - n…

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6th November 2017
The Melbourne Cup and Quarantine

The Melbourne Cup and Quarantine

The Melbourne Cup - one of the world's most iconic turf races - justifiably earns the title the race that stops the nation. It's difficult not to notice the buzz in the air as you go about your day on the first Tuesday in November. Most Australians get involved somehow, whether it's just an office luncheon and sweep or a fully-frocked up day at Flemington or their loc…

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24th October 2017
Why I like the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art.

Why I like the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art.

Why I like the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art. Olivia Rees (11) tells us why she enjoys visiting us....... I enjoy going to the Heritage Centre, it is an interesting and fascinating place with lots to do and see. I really like the On your Bike exhibition that is on at the moment. There are quite a few galleries that have touch screens to fin…

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19th October 2017
Gentleman George and Alborada

Gentleman George and Alborada

The grey filly Alborada won the Champion Stakes in 1998 at the Rowley Mile and in 1999 at the July Course. Owned by Kirsten Rausing, trained by Sir Mark Prescott at Heath House, the filly was ridden by experienced jockey George Duffield. With George's help we have been able to look back at the career of Alborada and those two memorable autumnal days at Newmarket. Whe…

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19th October 2017
The Halling and Bosra Sham Champion Stakes Story 1996

The Halling and Bosra Sham Champion Stakes Story 1996

The script was written, the stage was set. It was to be a glorious swan song, the final climactic act in a career spanning three years, four countries and almost 20 miles of racing. In 14 races since breaking his maiden in a handicap at Ripon in August 1994, Halling had tasted defeat only twice, both times on an unfavoured dirt surface. From an improbable success in t…

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12th October 2017
A home win in The Dewhurst Stakes

A home win in The Dewhurst Stakes

The Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket is regarded as the foremost two year old race of the British flat season.  First run in 1875, The Dewhurst roll call of future classic winners began with the Hungarian bred Kisber, who was trained by Joseph Hayhoe at Palace House Stables and went on to win the Derby the following year.  Since then, an array of equine superstars…

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7th October 2017
Sun Chariot by Sir Alfred Munnings

Sun Chariot by Sir Alfred Munnings

Sun Chariot by Sir Alfred Munnings This sketch by Sir Alfred Munnings shows Sun Chariot with Sir Gordon Richards and was probably produced in 1943. It is a study for a larger painting and indicative of the number of drawings Munnings produced to get to the final work. During World War Two horseracing  success was used to lift the spirits of a country which had been …

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4th October 2017
The story of the Royal heroine Sun Chariot

The story of the Royal heroine Sun Chariot

The story of the Royal heroine Sun Chariot Sun Chariot was bred by the National Stud which at the time was still in County Kildare, Ireland. She was by the 1933 Derby winner Hyperion, out of the unraced Clarence. The National Stud’s policy used to be to keep a selected few to later breed from and to lease them during their racing career. The lessees tended to be Lor…

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